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  •  Being realistic (3+ / 0-)

    One has to look to the possible. Not dreamland.

    Public Corruption. This should be number one. Nothing is possible to correct with lawmakers having the ability to institutionalize public corruption. Lets not equivocate between parties either. It's everywhere. It effects everything. We don't get to square one until it is eliminated and that is only by taking apart the congressional and executive regulations that have been made to immunize members from the rule of law. It's real simple; if it's illegal in the US , it's illegal for the Govt. If it's against the constitution, it's illegal. That also goes for the executive branch and all other areas of govt.

    The spirit and the intent of the law should not be circumvented by tortured legal logic that essentially says "It doesn't say you can't do it".

     1. Patents for products that are defined as "Public Good" products should have a built in reward for the inventor within reason and then the patent is released so manufacturers are free to buy reference designs and other directions from the inventors to compete in the market place. This neuters drug companies, diagnostics etc from paying large amounts of money to either shut down a product or demand huge fees from it. The Blockbuster drug approach and yearly double digit price increases are history.

    The patent system is the most abused legal framework we have when it comes to the public good. Yet, profits must be allowed by competing companies in order for products to be made.

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